Sunday, September 23, 2018

Join us for our first County Council meeting Monday, 9/24

Come join us for our first County Council meeting of the year this Monday  September 24th, at 6:30 pm in the Extension Office! We'll be planning our community service projects for the year!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

2018 4-H Club Officer Training - 9/22



The Travis County 4-H Council is hosting a 4-H Club Officer Training this Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon at the Travis County Extension Office.  Topics to be covered include:

  • Officer roles & responsibilities
  • Basic parliamentary Procedure
  • Fun Activities
RSVP and let us know you plan to attend at https://travis-tx.tamu.edu/4-h-programs/4-h-events/registrations/

2018 Travis County Food Challenge



Please see flyer below for date and time.
To Register for the Food Challenge, please go to https://travis-tx.tamu.edu/4-h-programs/4-h-events/registrations/ . Once you register you will need to submit $10.00 per team to the Travis County Extension Office. See you there.!

Registration Deadline is October 26th, 2018

County Extension Office Closed Thursday, September 20, from 1pm-5pm


As most of you know, we have a LOT of construction taking place around our office.  The city has let us know, just now, that they are cutting off the water to our building and working on some items that will affect access to our office on Thursday, September 20, in the afternoon.  So, the Travis County Extension Office will be closed on Thursday, 9/20, after 1:00 PM.  

We will resume normal business hours unless otherwise stated on Friday.

2018 District 10 Fall Roundup Guides & Resources - Registration Open from 10/22 to 11/7




The District 10 Fall Roundup Guide has been released!  The District 10 Fall Roundup is scheduled for December 7-8, 2018 in Kerrville, Texas.  More specific times and addresses for each of the contests are available in the guide 

Link: 2018 District 10 Fall Roundup Guide
Contests included in this Roundup are:
  • Food Challenge
  • Food Show
  • Entomology
  • Beef Quiz Bowl
  • Horse Quiz Bowl
  • Nutrition Quiz Bowl
  • Public Speaking
  • Educational Presentations

ADDITIONAL PAPERWORK REQUIRED FOR FOOD SHOW ENTRIES:  
Food Show Forms – signed hard copy due to the County Extension Office by Friday, October 26th at 12 Noon, participants must advance from County Contest
Please see the updated 2018-2019 Supply Box lists for Food Challenge.  Participants must advance from the County Contest
Major Updates have been made to the following Contests for 2018-2019: Updated Food Challenge Supply Lists for 2018-2019:

Please see the updated 2018-2019 Supply Box lists for Food Challenge.  Participants must advance from the County Contest
Ultimate Contest Resource Page: https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/events/roundup/ 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Check Out the Flyer Below - Pig Sale!!!



Reminder to Enroll in 4-H CONNECT

Remember to enroll in 4-H Connect at https://tx.4honline.com/.  Be sure to enroll so we can send eligibility letters and process entry activities!

2019 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo Updates - entries due 11/6/18



Please see the information below regarding the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo scheduled for January 18 - February 19, 2019  Information is also posted at https://travis-tx.tamu.edu/4-h-programs/4-h-livestock-information/.   

All entries are due to the County Extension Office by 8:00 PM on Tuesday, November 6th.

Please note that an updated Quality Counts Number will be required for each exhibitor in the new Quality Counts System.

Important Links for Fort Worth:



A summary sheet for all shows will be printed when all show entries are released.

2018-2019 TCYS Updates & Information - Entries Due 10/17




Please see the information below regarding entries into the 219 Travis County Youth Show.  Links to entry information are also posted online at https://travis-tx.tamu.edu/4-h-programs/4-h-livestock-information/ 

Entry Forms & Rulebook: 


TCYS Entries/Deadlines:


Contest Dates:
  • TCYS and County Consumer Decision Making Contest – Thursday, December 20th at 6:00 PM (individuals only, participation required to advance to District 10 CDM)
  • TCYS Food Challenge – Thursday, January 24th, following the Floral Design Contest



PLEASE remember that each CLUB needs to submit one check or money order made payable to “TCYS”  - we will not run TCYS funds through the Travis 4-H Account for tax purposes.  We will not accept personal checks or cash from families.  

Reminder: Late Swine Validation and Late Major Broiler Orders are due this week!

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VALIDATION TAG ORDER INFORMATION


Validation Tag orders have been posted to https://travis-tx.tamu.edu/4-h-programs/4-h-livestock-information/; simply click on the link and scroll down to the appropriate specie(s).  Direct links to the forms are also provided below:

PDF and Fillable PDF Forms have been posted for the following Validation Tags:

2018-2019 Major Swine Validation Tags:
  • 2018-2019 Major Show Swine Validation – 4-H Orders –PDF Form & Fillable PDF Form
  • Due by 12 Noon on Friday, September 14th, at $20 each
  • Late Tags accepted until 12 Noon on Thursday, September 20th, at $30 each
  • Our Extension Office must postmark our order by the morning of September 21st

2018-2019 Major Show Broiler Orders:
  • 2018-2019 Major Show Broiler Orders – PDF Form & Fillable PDF Form
  • Due by 12 Noon on Friday, September 14th
  • Late Orders accepted until 12 Noon on Friday, September 21st with $25 late fee
  • Our Extension Office is post-marking these as soon as possible on the 21st in order to secure an early spot on pick up days

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Reminder: Registration for the 2018 D10 4-H Conference Closes on 9/14

The 2018 District 10 4-H Conference will be held Saturday, September 29th at the Comfort High School in Comfort, TX.  This conference will feature three (3) tracks (2 for adults and 1 for youth).  These sessions will offer various training on available contests, scholarship opportunities, volunteer resources, and much more.           
Conference will begin with a brief group session and then will break into the different tracks. Once all sessions are complete, the District 10 4-H Council Meeting will be held.  Lunch and a T-shirt are included in your registration.  The registration fee is $30 per person when registering by September 14th on 4-H Connect. Information regarding the sessions and registration can be found below.  If you have any questions, please call the Extension Office at 512-854-9600 and ask for Julissa or Mellanie.





2018 Waller County Fair Livestock Judging Contest - 10/5

Please see the Livestock Judging Opportunity below!




Guadalupe County Livestock Judging Contest - 9/22/18


Palo Pinto Showmanship Clinic - 10/21


I-10 Extravaganza (Alexis Cardwell Memorial Scholarship Show Pig Sale) - 9/23


Back to School Lamb & Goat Sale 9/15


Tri-County Champions in Training Swine Clinic - 9/22

The Cooke, Denton, and Grayson County 4-H Programs will be hosting an animal clinic for new families interested in raising and showing livestock on Saturday, September 22nd at the Cooke County Fair Grounds. If you have families interested in attending they can sign up at https://grayson.agrilife.org/champions



Monday, September 10, 2018

2018-2019 Travis County Food Show-10/30

Please see the flyer below for the upcoming Food Show contest.

The Contest is free, Registration is available at https://travis-tx.tamu.edu/4-h-programs/4-h-events/registrations/



Thursday, September 6, 2018

REMINDER: TCYS Leadership Applications are DUE at TCYS 9/12

The TCYS Leadership Applications are currently available on the TCYS Website.  They are DUE in the TCYS Office by Wednesday, September 12th.  More information is available below!

Please remember that Agents will NOT be in the Extension Office on the 12th - please make sure that you get these signed by your Extension Agents by September 11th at the VERY latest.

JOB DESCRIPTION    
Individuals will work cooperatively with Travis County Youth Show Board members, volunteers, participants and judges in creating a quality county contest and fair.
KEY DATES     
Applications must be received by September 12, 2018
Applicant Interviews: Selected candidates will be notified by email by September 22, 2018
Interview date will be TBD. Time is TBD and will be set up first come first serve through a sign up.

8/30 UPDATE: Please note, due to District 10 Round Up, the Interview dates are being rescheduled. Ag Teachers/Agents will be updated of this changed date and it will be posted here. 
RESPONSIBILITIES, REQUIREMENTS & EXPECTATIONS     
  • Only bona fide FFAJunior FFA, or 4-H members regularly enrolled and attendinpublic, private or home schools of less than college level in Travis County are eligible to participate in the TCYS Leadership Contest
    • Queens Court: Girls must be between 6th and 8th grade to be eligible for the Princess contest, and between the 9th and 12th grade to be eligible for the Queens contest.
    • Junior Superintendents: Applicants must be in 9th-12th grade.
  • Be in good academic standing (C average and above) at your school or equivalent.
  • Be in good standing as a 4-H/FFA member.
  • Assist the livestock superintendents, general superintendent, youth fair superintendents with various areas: Check in/Check out, Judging, Auction and any other events that may come up.
  • Always maintain a professional attitude when handling County Contest/Fair participants.
  • Promote the County Contest/Fair as a positive educational opportunity for youth to exhibit their projects.
  • Behave as a good role model at all times (at school, outside of the classroom & during all TCYS activities).
  • Dress appropriately at all TCYS activities.
  • Assist in promoting our show (prepare floats for parades, tv/radio ads, etc).
  • Queens Court: For those who been selected as the Queen or Princess in a previous year, you may not run for that position again. If selected as a Queen or Princess Runner-up, you may apply again.
  • Mr. TCYS is an optional position. This position will be selected out of the pool of finalist for Jr Superintendent. This position is not required and will be managed at the discretion of the committee if they feel this position is needed. A candidate may not apply to be Mr. TCYS.
  • Late applications WILL NOT be accepted. Applications MUST bpostmarked by the deadline and signed by your Ag Teacher/County Agent. Club leaders may not sign for the County Agent.
  • Each candidate must attend the interview on the interview date listed below. Selected interviewees will be notified by email.
AWARDS: The 2019 Queen will receive a belt buckle. Overall Jr. Superintendent and Runner Up will each receive a Belt Buckle at Auction after voting is concluded.

PLEASE NOTE: Missing signatures and/or unanswered questions will result in disqualification. The decisions of this selection committee are final.  TCYS will provide each first time finalist an official TCYS shirt to wear at the auction, show, and events. Jr. Superintendents will get an additional t-shirt. Queens Court will receive a tiara and sash. Jackets may be purchased separately, the cost ranges between $25 and $75.